Hidden away in the upper reaches of eastern Himachal Pradesh lies our Trans-Himalayan paradise destination – Spiti valley. Pristine and untouched in its essence, Spiti valley is a winter desert that is the pinnacle of serenity and a vivid taste of Mother Nature at its best. Long arid mountain sides with snow clad tops stretching for infinite miles, spiraling narrow roads alongside the gushing Spiti river and unbelievably breathtaking vistas that leave you not only mesmerized but at an utter lack of words. For anyone with an appetite for adventure, it is indeed an almost irresistible temptation.
Minimum Number of Travellers : 5
Maximum Number of Travellers : 12
Food : (All Meal)
Level: Easy to Moderate
Transportation : Tata sumo/Innova (Jeep)
Accommodation : Camps
Special : Stay in comfortable, clean and hygienic accommodation
Arrive at Shimla to commence your wonderful journey towards the exceedingly enchanting Kinnaur. This land lying on the ancient trade route between India and Tibet, ringed by the majestic mountain of the Himalayan and Dhauladhar range is the land of plenty.Drive to ReckongPeo/Kalpa. Located in Sairag valley of Kinnaur in Trans-Himalayan region, far from the maddening crowd it is perched high above on the old Hindustan-Tibet road. It offers splendid views of Kinner Kailash mountain range and different hues of sunset sky against the backdrop of Kailash (6050m) and Raldang peaks (5500m).
After that tiring back to back road journey, it’s time for a Goodnight sleep as tomorrow we have a lot in store for you. Overnight stay at ReckongPeo/Kalpa.
Wake up to that enchanting Kinnauri sunrise, sipping a hot cup of tea and watching
over the Kinner-Kailash mountain range standing tall in front of you. After a
sumptuous breakfast it’s time to load our luggage and move to the timeless village
ofNako. Nako is an unspoilt, serene and picturesque village located around the
beautifulNako lake at an altitude of 3,662m above sea level. Today’s short and easy
ride would also help you to acclimatize for the coming days. You will cast away the
rest of the day settling back and exploring the village.
As we said earlier, Spiti has a lot to offer. Today, after an early breakfast we enter the Spiti valley. We drive through Sumdo and take a right after few kilometers to visit the border village of Gue. Nestled deep within the Trans-Himalayan cold desert of the Spiti Valley is the tiny village ofGue, which is relatively unknown and unheard when compared to the other mainstream places. Famous for the 550 years old Mummy of a Monk (with no chemicals used in the mummification process), this village also happens to station the Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force. From here, we return back and resume our journey to Kibber village. On the way we’ll halt at Tabo to visit the ancient Tabo Monastery. The monastery was founded in 996 CE, by the Tibetan- Buddhist RinchenZangpo, the king of the western Himalayan Kingdom of Guge.A treat for the cultural tourists, Tabo is noted for being the oldest continuously operating Buddhist enclave in both India and the Himalayas and also the favorite of Dalai Lama. After visiting it, we straightaway head to Kibber, where a warm bed and some hot dinner awaits us.
As the day sets in we wake up in one of the highest villages of Asia (4552m) – Kibber. Kibber is situated around prime snow leopard territory and is rich with high altitude wildlife and serves as the main base for the exclusive and sought after Snow Leopard Expeditions. We start our day with a visit to the ancient Key monastery, built on top of a hill overlooking the Spiti River. It was a fortress established around 1000 CE. One of the highlights of Spiti valley, Key monastery is a religious learning center for Lamas, and houses around 150 monks on an average. It is a historical sight, which has survived multiple attacks and raids by civilizations of antiquity. After this, we head on to the villages of Hikkim (Has the world’s highest post office), Komic(The highest village connected by a motorable road) and Langza (Also known as the most beautiful village of India and the Fossil village). These three are one of the most picturesque villages of Spiti located on the highland meadows with snowcapped mountain ranges forming the backdrop.
After a fresh breakfast at the Langza homestay, we now drive down to Pin valley, the home of Pin valley National Park. The elevation of the valley ranges from about 11,500 ft near KaDogri to more than 20,000 ft at its highest point. Steeped in historical and present day Buddhist Tibetan culture, the area has many Tibetan Buddhist influences, evident architecturally in monasteries and stupas, and in the daily living of its residents and lamas.
After visiting Mudh, the last village of Pin valley, we now move for a visit toLalung Monastery &Dhankar Monastery, the bulwarks of ancient buddhist architecture and the Old Fort that sheltered the indigenous population throughout history. One of the endangered monasteries to click, DhankarGompa was beautifully constructed in the era of kings and emperors with sharp and pointy mountains all around. We get a very majestic view of the whole monastery as it is surrounded by a valley and a river from 3 sides(peninsula).
Lalung Monastery (also known as the Sarkhang or Golden Temple), was one of the earliest monasteries founded in Spiti by the great Tibetan Buddhist lotswa, RinchenZangpo, the king of western Himalayan Kingdom of Guge during the late 10th century CE. The name Lalung literally means ‘land of thegods’and it is said that the LalungDevta is head of all the Devtas of the valley and emerges from the Tangmarmountain beyond the village.There is also a sacred tree here, which is as old as the earliest monastery.
With your heart not wanting to leave this place, it’s unfortunately time to bid adieu to Spiti valley. As they say, in order to reach somewhere you have to leave some place behind. We start our drive towards ReckongPeo/Kalpa today. Watch time stand still as you gaze into crystal clear blue skies, pristine turquoise rivers nestled between snowcapped peaks and a never-ending expanse of barren mountains.
Waking up today you will realize that the 7 day journey has finally come to an end. But don’t let that upset you for you are taking back a whole bag of memories and innumerable moments that you will cherish for a lifetime. After a last morning breakfast, you shall bid adieu to this wonderful destination that was your abode for a good 7 days.
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